New York City
New York: Verizon Beats Out T-Mobile
The battle for network supremacy in New York spread out across four of the city's boroughs, with Verizon facing a two-headed challenge from both T-Mobile and its MetroPCS subsidiary. In the end, Verizon finished on top, thanks to faster download speeds, though the T-Mobile network offered some pretty fast upload times.
Verizon had the fastest average download speeds in the City That Never Sleeps, posting a 23.2 Mbps result. That put it ahead of both T-Mobile (20.7 Mbps) and MetroPCS. Big Red found itself sandwiched between the two for upload speeds, with MetroPCS's 15.9 Mbps average taking top honors. Verizon (14.5 Mbps) and T-Mobile (13.7 Mbps) finished second and third, respectively.
Indoor performance played a big part in determining our winner. When we moved testing indoors, Verizon turned in faster speeds, while T-Mobile's download average dropped from 20.7 Mbps overall to just 7 Mbps. Sprint saw a similar tumble on indoor testing, turning in a 1.9 Mbps average download speed at our three indoor test sites.
Verizon also excelled on our app download test, as it was the only carrier to break the 1-minute mark in New York. MetroPCS turned in the next fastest average at 1:11.